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FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Musical Theatre 2016 – A Year in Review

Amidst the suckiness that was 2016, Australian theatre offered a plethora of options to escape the world for a few hours. I didn’t even get to see everything I wanted and I am still yet to see Kinky Boots (although I have my tickets). I’d expected Matilda to be the clear standout of the year but it was not the case. Read on for some brief thoughts (as there are a lot to get through) on musical theatre in 2016. Continue reading Musical Theatre 2016 – A Year in Review

MUSICAL REVIEW: Les Misérables

Les Misérables (2014)
clairestbearestreviews_lesmiserables_theatrereview_lesmiscastIn my 28th year of life, I finally saw Les Mis live on stage. It may come as a surprise to some that I’d never previously had the chance (I’d only seen the filmed anniversary concerts and the 2012 film). Suffice to say, I was pretty excited. That is probably why, when Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean belted out that “the story must BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!” and the Les Misérables logo was projected onto the stage, I may have become a bit emotional. For my real Les Mis experience must BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN! Cue tears. Continue reading MUSICAL REVIEW: Les Misérables


For all the awesome people who love musical theatre, I thought I’d do a wrap-up of the best awards show of the year – the TONYS!

Neil Patrick Harris is king
Neil Patrick Harris is king

There were no less than 13 musical performances from current and future musicals on Broadway, as well as a few other potentially questionable numbers. Continue reading TONYS Wrap Up